Since 1992, Pam and Charlie Weber have hosted live music at Weber & Co., the warehouse where Charlie restores classic wood boats. The Boathouse Concerts focus on traditional and contemporary folk music, as it often tells of a way of life that existed or is threatened with extinction – much like the historic waterfront artist colony at Fifth Avenue Point. At the Boathouse, the audience enjoys an intimate setting, shares homemade desserts and has an opportunity to meet and visit with the musicians. In an age of stadium extravaganzas, with bands on oversized screens, ticket (and parking) prices equally oversized, Boathouse guests sit just feet away from the performers for a small donation, all of which is given to the entertainers. This is an experience rarely available to inner city working residents.
The Boathouse Concerts are produced by the Fifth Avenue Institute, which participates in a growing network of organizations providing “infill” bookings for small venue traveling performers (see HouseConcerts.com, Concertsinyourhome.com and FolkMusic.org.) The Institute also works with members of the Far-West regional chapter of the International Folk Alliance , which fosters and promotes traditional, contemporary and multi-cultural folk music, dance and related performing arts. Additionally, the Institute Board members bring attention to acts playing at regional festivals, and invitations are extended with the message that an appreciative audience can be found at the Boathouse.
The Fifth Avenue Institute produces the Boathouse Concert Series as part of its mission to preserve artisan communities and encourage art and music in neighborhoods.
Unless otherwise noted:
Doors open at 7 pm; Performances begin at 8 pm.
Donation of $20 goes to the musicians
Attendance by reservation only (over 18 only)
Guests are asked to bring a dessert, savory or beverage to share
There is always a barrel by the door for the Food Bank
For further information about upcoming concerts, or inquiries about performing at the Boathouse, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Future Boathouse Concerts
It's never too early to put music on your calendar!
Saturday, January 26, 2013
City Folk kicked off our 2013 Boathouse
Concert series with a sold-out-to-the-
rafters performance. It was an evening
filled with incredible musicianship, warm
vocal harmonies, great food and wine, and a very happy
audience! City Folk made some new friends, and we enjoyed meeting newcomers to the Boathouse.
Formed twenty years ago, City Folk gained national attention, then went their separate ways in 1995 amid the pressures of being on the road ten months of the year. This amazing
group rejoined for a few reunion shows (including two at the Freight and Salvage and sold-out shows at Kuumbwa Jazz
Center) and an audience that won't let them retire again any
time soon. City Folk is comprised of Keith Greeninger, Kimball Hurd and Roger Feuer. City Folk is a positive experience and a positively uplifting one.
Save these Dates
Chris Webster & Nina Gerber August 3
The Bills September 28
Johnsmith October 26
Adler and Hearne November 16
Past 2013 Boathouse Concerts
Cache Valley Drifters
Saturday, March 9, 2013
A bit of music history came to the
Boathouse! And we were mesmerized
by their incredible musicianship --
these guys are the real deal. The Cache Valley Drifters, they are easily identified by their driving rhythm, beautifully textured ballads, unique acoustic arrangements, and signature vocal harmonies. In the photo (above), they are (left to right): Wally Barnick, Bill Griffin, and Mike Mullins. They have been performing their music together for nearly 40 years and were the original back-up band for legendary folk artist Kate Wolf.
The Cache Valley Drifters were a hit at the 2012 Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival, a hit at the Boathouse, and we're hoping to have them back in 2014.
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands,
Tom Rozum, mandolin, Chad
Manning, fiddle, Patrick Sauber,
banjo, and Sharon Gilchrist, bass,
delivered as promised! We heard
some of Laurie's new music, lots of
traditional, and enjoyed a surprise
visit and performance by the T Sisters, local rising performers who actually met Laurie here at the Boathose.
Laurie’s new CD, Skippin’ and Flyin’, is a personal tribute to the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe, on the 100th anniversary of his birth, and mixes songs from the bluegrass repertoire and contemporary writers and Lewis' originals.
Check Laurie's tour schedule on her website:
Sunday, June 2, 2013 - 3 pm
The California Honeydrops
Fresh from a sold-out performance at the
Great American Music Hall and JazzFest in
New Orleans (where they opened for
Dr. John), The California Honeydrops return
to their home town to play for the locals.
The California Honeydrops embrace the traditions of Blues, Gospel, Second Line New Orleans Jazz, and early R&B with traditional material as well as their own innovative music. Since their formation 5 years ago in Oakland, the California Honeydrops have completed 8 European tours, spread honey on crowds throughout the US, and recorded 3 full length albums of original music. Their secret? An irresistible sound that blends the energy and intimacy of a street performance, undeniable talent and musicianship, and the soul and fervor of a spiritual street parade.
The 'California Honeydrops are front man Lech Wierzynski (vocals, trumpet and guitar), saxophonist Johnny Bones, drummer Ben Malament, plus Lorenzo Loera on bass and Charles Hickox on keys.
Doors open at 2:00 pm - Performance begins at 3:00 pm